Even in a pandemic year, South Carolina appellate courts render some interesting published family law opinions

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

2020 was an interesting year to be a family law attorney. With the courts mostly closed in early spring, I mainly stayed busy with appellate

The human condition is hard and domestic litigation makes it harder: see a mental health counselor

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Coming of age as a Jew in the “I’m Okay; You’re Okay” culture of 1970’s Southern California, I’ve never understood the stigma over seeking mental

Jackson case demonstrates problems arising when there’s a lengthy delay between separation and litigation

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Child Custody, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, South Carolina Appellate Decisions

The December 9, 2020, Court of Appeals opinion in Jackson v. Jackson demonstrates the problems that can develop in equitably dividing the marital estate when

Refiled Sellers opinion adds one footnote and one clarification

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

A refiled December 9, 2020 Court of Appeals opinion in Sellers v. Nicholls makes two minor changes to the original August 5, 2020 opinion, which

Litigating by day; fornicating by night

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Early in my career there was a long-ago-retired, rural-county judge who admonished litigants violating the following rule that, “ya cain’t be LIT-I-GATE-in’ in the daytime

Out of control but not crazy

Posted Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Child Support, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The October 21, 2020 South Carolina Court of Appeals opinion in Rogers v. Rogers partially answers the question of just how crazy a family court

Let’s save the warm fuzzies for the end of the case

Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

I am aware that I could double my case load if I gave potential clients the warm fuzzies and projected more confidence in a likely

Tax refunds or obligations from the year of filing a marital dissolution action are partially marital

Posted Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

With the October 15th tax deadline approaching, I am receiving emails from numerous clients regarding disputes with their estranged spouse over how to file last

Are you seeking to modify or enforce that family court final order (or do both)?

Posted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In my eleven-plus years of doing this blog I’ve yet to write about the different procedures and goals in modifying versus enforcing a final order

Pet peeve: certificates of service in South Carolina trial courts

Posted Friday, October 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Can someone please explain why so many attorneys prepare, and often file, certificates of service in South Carolina trial courts? I assume it’s because they

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